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Why blade life is most important to me.
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Re: Clarifying a point ()

Bill Tindall, E.Tn.
I mostly use a plane for fitting furniture parts. My "planing sessions" are often seconds in duration and never more than a minuet or two. As an example, yesterday I took two shavings from a picture frame I was fitting.

Planing sessions may be separated in time by days. I took two months off to build a bridge in the midst of the bed I am making. Demands on the plane vary greatly depending on the details of what part needs to be planed. This variability makes it impossible for me to judge the progress of dulling and anticipate a need for sharpening in preparation for the next planing task that shows up.

As a result of these factors a plane too dull to do what is required shows up as an unanticipated stoppage in work flow. Annoying. Ideally my favorite plane stays sharp enough through the end of a build. At the end of a build I sharpen everything I used to any significant amount. Repeat next project.

If I had to sharpen 10 times in the course of building something I would not have any interest in a blade that cut this need to 8. But in fact I usually can squeeze enough life from an edge to have this number 0 or 1.

Sharpening always requires hollow grinding, and two refinements on diamond. It doesn't matter to this regime whether I am sharpening a soft Stanley blade or one made with M4.

Other's results will differ.

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26c3 in a plane iron... *PIC*
So, what's the point if it doesn't... *PIC*
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Plane blade metrics
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toughness not necessary?
see the end of my statement..
How visible?
Re: How visible?
nasty steel and very fine abrasive...
Warren and David
initially, no significant difference....
interrupted cuts...
Re: interrupted cuts...
Re: interrupted cuts...
large nicking...
Re: large nicking...
There's good merit to carbon steels...
Re: There's good merit to carbon steels...
Re: nicking?
A different woodworking universe
slipped the lane...
Re: A different woodworking universe
Clarifying a point
I answered wiley's question...
Re: Clarifying a point
Why blade life is most important to me.
I'd have trouble.....
Re: Clarifying a point
Re: Clarifying a point
comment from left field - how it ages...
Durable finish *PIC*
My experience has been the same...
Shellac works well for furniture too *PIC*
Water stains..
Re: Water stains..
question on lightfast...
Re: question on lightfast...
from Jeff Jewitt Q & A on ‘lightfastness’
Re: from Jeff Jewitt Q & A on ‘lightfastness’
discussion dye fading coming soon *NM*
You stated an obvious fact. The point? *NM*
Stay Tuned
I get where you're going, by the way..
where toughness is important.
where toughness is important- always
tempering question..
the answer that I'd take less toughness... *PIC*
Different chipping *PIC*
Re: Different chipping
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